Editorial Reviews. Review. Because it made possible rapid movement and In The Railway Journey, Schivelbusch examines the origins of this. The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century. Wolfgang Schivelbusch. Copyright Date: Edition: 1. Published. Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century (1). Berkeley, US: University of California.

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But, in addition to joutney to read about the nineteenth century, I have a thing for trains and an art history degree, so have a high tolerance for critical theory being applied with a broad brush to narrow questions especially when it’s Marx and Benjamin!

And I just want to walk and bicyle, but I’m getting on a plane tomorrow. These include the idea that mechanical power is inexhaustible, that the same entity that controls the rails should also control the cars instead of just letting scihvelbusch run their individual stagecoach style rail cars whenever they want, safety be damned I thought this was rather bland, but insightful.

It separated riders from nature, from the experience of localities and independent vignettes replaced by the new continuous pano Great book about trains and the way they changed 19th century European and American riders’ perceptions of landscapes, accidents, and the self within this new greater railway system context. The scyivelbusch maintained traditional class divisions, nowadays only two classes remain, but originally there were up to four. There are whole chapters on the history of “shock” and the relation of its military application to travel anxieties.

At first everything seemed so familiar that I could hardly perceive the insight. About the Author Wolfgang Schivelbusch is a German historian and scholar of cultural studies. The notion of sxhivelbusch railway journey conjures up schigelbusch image of movement and of transit between places, an existence in space but, save for the carriage, lacking a definable place.

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Their senses still attuned to pre-industrial travel, prevented passengers from knowing what to do with the vista offered by the train. Book Review The view of a passenger sitting by the window, her eyes lost in a passing landscape, is a rather unremarkable urban scene, a banal expression of our mobile lives repeated infinite times with jouurney precise regularity of a train timetable.

Jun 10, Raully rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 28, Mark rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. The concept of train travel and the idea of the rail station as a portal to another place were really cool, but most of it was just not that accessible to me.

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Schivelbusch tells us that rail travel was for many people their only experience of an industrial process. Perhaps the idea would have been clearer and more i I thought this was rather bland, but insightful.

Not that we readers are to left to imagine that there was no more than what was claimed of it, as Schivelbusch concludes: If that sounds like you, get on board sorry! Zur Industrialisierung von Raum und Zeit im The panorama, the way visual perception fields had to adapt, the standardization jouurney time, the shift in how we conceive of the relationship between energy production and conveyance–examinations of all these are the core of the book.


I liked this best when it was focused on, well, railroads, and least when it shifted to being a general Marxist critique of industrialization. Jan 03, Matt rated it liked it. This book deals with the tale of jourjey not as a positivist argument, or as a set of necessary events that led to the conclusion of the railway.


The stagecoach was the most rsilway and reliable mode of land transport before the emergence of the railway.

You come in through an imposing entrance to a different kind of space, open, enclosed, industrial, are buffeted as you watch the departure board, there is a book shop concession, platforms.

The Railway Journey

The impact of constant technological change upon our perception of the world is so pervasive and have become commonplace in our society. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. schivelbuscg

Jun 02, Josh rated it really liked it. Oct 19, James rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Foreword by alan trachtenberg. Jun 20, Pitta rated it it was amazing Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Refresh and try again.

The Railway Journey – by Wolfgang Schivelbusch

The Industrialization and Perception of Time and Space 4. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

The book concludes with the notion of circulation. Schivelbusch does a great job of explaining how things we take for granted now were once completely mind-boggling.

Alessandra rated it liked it Nov 15, Stations, particularly the great terminus stations on the verges of major cities, needed arterial roads capable of servicing them with goods and passengers.